Belfast Telegraph

Alex McCarthy to make Championship loan move if Crystal Palace find replacement

Alan Pardew has revealed Alex McCarthy is likely to leave Crystal Palace on loan to a Championship club, although only on the basis that a replacement is found.

The goalkeeper began the season in Palace's first XI but Wayne Hennessey has since established himself as Pardew's first choice and the manager is keen to encourage his development with a temporary transfer elsewhere.

Fulham are one of the two Championship teams interested in signing McCarthy, but while Pardew insisted Julian Speroni would remain at the club amid reports of a loan move to Reading, the manager is determined not to weaken his squad and said a replacement is also under consideration, with Robert Green a reported target.

"(McCarthy's) a great goalie and we want to get him up to speed and get him back playing his best football, so he needs game time," Pardew said. "I took that option, rather than Jules (Speroni) going out, because Jules is Palace through and through and I want him around in case anything happens to Wayne.

"We bought him here, and he started the season, the (£3.5million) fee we paid, probably thinking that he was going to be our No 1. It didn't quite work out, Wayne's come in and grabbed his chance, so it's only fair on him.

"I don't want to say the club, because it might be unfair, there's two clubs involved.

"(Recruiting a replacment is) another option that we're considering. I'm not going to confirm any names.

"It will definitely be one out and one in (if any), in terms of what you consider to be the first-team squad. They're the type of deals that the chairman (Steve Parish) is rattling around on at the moment.

"My chairman's got terrible history in this window, doing late, late deals. Something will happen.

"I suppose there's a chance (Dwight Gayle, a reported target for Swansea, could leave), but a low chance I would say."

Palace on Tuesday host Bournemouth in the Premier League. They ended Saturday's 1-0 FA Cup defeat of Stoke with serious concerns surrounding Yohan Cabaye after he suffered an ankle injury, but while a knock has ruled Joe Ledley out, there is greater optimism surrounding Cabaye who faces a late fitness test on the same day Emmanuel Adebayor is expected to make his debut.

"Yohan is going to need a fitness test (on Tuesday)," Pardew said. "Joe Ledley is out, it doesn't look too bad, but he'll just miss (the Bournemouth) game.

"Adebayor will be in the squad, and I'm sure our fans are looking forward to seeing him, and the rest remains the same.

"We don't think it's as bad as first feared (for Cabaye), but it was a tough tackle. We're just hoping that it's a swelling. Sometimes your ankles can swell quick and go down quick, it depends how it goes down.

"(Gayle) hasn't trained. He trained on Friday, he wasn't involved Saturday, we had fitness tests then he didn't feel right. Sunday he didn't train, he hasn't trained (on Monday).

"He just feels uncomfortable (with his hamstring) but the scans are showing clear."


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